LEAFLET No. 66.]
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ENGLAND AND THE ENGLISH
These are Extracts from what the Parnellites
said in former days. They have never
withdrawn, or retracted, these statements.
Did they mean what they said, or did they
not? If they did not mean it, let them say
so. But if they did not mean what they
said then, how can we be asked to believe
what they say now ?
Mr. WM. REDMOND, M.P.
[At Nurney, Co. Kildare.]
" Mr. Parnell exhibited no intolerance of men who might be
anxious ultimately to liberate Ireland by the sword. . . , At a
number of meetings which had lately been held throughout the
country, cheers had been given for the Mahdi (another cheer for the
Mahdi) ; and he believed that nothing which had occurred for
years so much brought home to the English people
the bitter fact, and the great truth, that
Ireland regarded England as her enemy,
and rejoiced at her misfortunes."— United Ireland,
February 21st, 1885.
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" The old saying was as true now as in the days when Wolf
Tone died, that s England's difficulty, under the
providence of God, was Ireland's oppor-
tunity.'" — United Ireland, April iStk, 1885.
" Why have the Irish people voluntarily and heartily cheered the
Mahdi? Chiefly because the Mahdi is the
enemy of England, and his men are killing
Englishmen. This is a hard and bitter, but most true,
fact (hear, hear). The Irish cheer the Mahdi be-
cause he is the enemy of the English I "—
United Ireland, May 23rd, 1885.
Mr. T. M. HEALY, M.P.
[At Boston, U.S.A.]
" We believe that landlordism is the prop of English rule, and
we are working to take that prop away. To drive Out
British rule from Ireland we must strike at the
foundation, and that foundation is landlordism." — Irishman,
December 2\th, 188 1.
June 1st, 1884.
"They could not, of course, unfortunately, send
the British Government out of this country
by a coup de main. But while the mere effervescing characteristics
of that time might have passed away, there still remained behind
a solid determination to work at that movement in which they and
their friends had struggled." (.\pplause).
" Let the people cast aside all personal dissensions, and let
them have one enemy only, and that enemy
the British Government." (Cheers).— United Ireland,
November 7th, 1885.
Mr. WILLIAM O'BRIEN, M.P.
[At Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.]
" If England's difficulty is Ireland's opportunity, as it is (cheers),
England's difficulties are at this moment
crowding pretty thick upon her. (Cheers)
(A voice, 'The Mahdi is the boy for her.') Her trade is bad
at home, and, as a voice behind me reminds me, her
armies are not doing a bit too satisfactorily
out in the country of that black gentleman, the Mahdi. (A voice,
1 Three cheers for tjie Mahdi.')" — United Ireland, February 21st,
" The time has come when the Irish people may occupy the same
position between England and her foes as the Irish
party occupy every night between the rival English parties in the
House of Commons." — United Ireland, March jth, 1885.
Under the head of " Speed the Mahdi," Mr. O'Brien published a
leading article in United Ireland, to the following effect : —
11 We trust that our next news may be that
Gordon, who is advancing loaded with specie
towards Khartoum, has met the same fate
as Baker, and nothing would give us greater
satisfaction than to chronicle the complete
triumph of the Mahdi in the Soudan and his
victorious arrival before the walls of Cairo.
The English probably will now have to send out fresh troops, who
will have their work cut out for them, to hold their own in Egypt
proper. That the hand of Providence should fall
heavily on the British for their unrighteous
war and occupation, must make every
honest heart in Europe rejoice." — [Leading
Article, February gfn, 1884.]
Mr. T. D. SULLIVAN, M.P.
The following references from the Nation newspaper, owned and
edited by Mr. Sullivan, M.P., deal with the difficult reverses which
attended the British troops in Afghanistan and Zululand: —
" The Robber Army will continue in Zululand, and Irishmen
have the gratification of knowing that the
Parliament of the English is becoming as useless to
themselves as it is to us, and that our arm is long
enough to work hurt and harm on the enemy
in at least some parts of the world."— Nation,
June 7th, 1879.
" The operations of the invaders, the English forces, are those of
ruthless plunderers and cut-throats."— Nation,
3rd January, 1880.
"The world would continue to believe that he (General
Roberts) has been in command simply of a COrpS Of hang-
men." — Nation, 21st February, 1880.
"Brag, bluster, and bloodshed were always dear
to the English mind." — Nation, 13th March, 1880.
"And now the news reaches us, gladdening
every honest heart, that one of the most
signal defeats ever inflicted on British arms
in any part of the world has just been inflicted on them by Ayoub
Khan." — Nation, 7th August, 1880.
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